Networking With Top Social and Environmental NGOs & Art Opening

A unique opportunity to meet top players in Quebec's sustainable development sector. Photo courtesy of Lucie Bataille Photographie 2014.

On August 10, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. in the midst of the World Social Forum (WSF) and in collaboration with Equiterre, the Centre for Sustainable Development will be hosting a large networking event mainly for WSF participants. Attendees will also get to admire Thomas Marcel Hurtut’s exhibit Coming Home? Portrait of Naraha Evacuees on its opening night.

Participants will have the opportunity to chat with the Centre’s members and tenants, top players in the social and environmental sector, such as Equiterre, Vivre en Ville, ENvironnement JEUnesse, the Regroupement national des conseils régionaux de l'environnement du Québec, Æquo, the Climate Reality Project Canada, Handicap International, the David Suzuki Foundation, as well as the Centre for Sustainable Development. A perfect opportunity to ask them which projects and actions they’re working on to make the world a better place!

Speakers (will also be available to chat):

  • Karel Mayrand, Director General for Quebec and Atlantic Canada with the David Suzuki Foundation
  • Eddy Pérez, Climate Leadership Corps Coordinator, The Climate Reality Project Canada
  • Catherine Gauthier, Director General, ENvironnement JEUnesse
  • Jérôme Bobin, Director General, Handicap International Canada
  • Amélie Ferland, Director of Communications and Programming at the Centre for Sustainable Development

Other invitations pending.  

Participants will be invited to share their thoughts on current, hot-button issues and their ideas on the best solutions and ways to approach them. 

Attending the event

Event duration: 1:30. Suggested contribution: $5. First come, first served basis (maximum of 100 people inside). Weather permitting, the networking event will take place in the fresh and green Hydro-Québec park right next to the Centre, where there is no limit for the number of participants.

About the exhibit

From August 10th to 30th, the Atrium will be filled with portraits of people with close ties to Naraha, a city hit by a nuclear disaster in March 2011: city hall and community organization employees, residents and families, workers rebuilding the city, etc.

Located 20 kilometres south of the nuclear plant Fukushima Daiichi, Naraha (楢葉町) lost all anonymity when it was hit by a nuclear disaster on March 11, 2011, an event that transformed it into a deserted city for over four years. Today, the Japanese government and local authorities are trying to bring it back to life.

After extensive demolition, reconstruction, cleaning and decontamination operations, the evacuation notice was finally lifted in September 2015, making Naraha a test city with regard to the possible revitalizing of boroughs surrounding the damaged plant. Of the 7000 residents of Naraha, about 300 have come back today. A large part of the other residents still live in camps south of the city in Iwaki. What are their lives like? How do these residents experience their return? Today, can Naraha really pick up where it left off?

Thank you!

The Centre would like to thank the artist, Equiterre, Vivre en Ville, ENvironnement JEUnesse, the Regroupement national des conseils régionaux de l'environnement du Québec, Æquo, the Climate Reality Project Canada, Handicap International, the David Suzuki Foundation, partners of the exhibit, COPTICOM, Novae, the Journal Métro, as well as Alcoa, its main partner in programming. The greenhouse gas emissions generated by participants’ transportation are offset thanks to a partnership with Planetair.

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